The X-Files (1994) – Duane Barry, and Ascension

In its second season, The X-Files really got to show us what it could do, and the first two episodes up this week form a pair of my favourites, in a season packed with standout episodes (and a couple of clunkers). Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Krycek (Nicholas Lea) are called in on a hostage…

The X-Files (1994) – Blood, and Sleepless

Mulder (David Duchovny) finds himself in a paranoia and violence filled town in Blood. Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong from a story by Darin Morgan (who had just appeared as the monster in the previous episode), this episode first aired on 30 September, 1994. A seemingly unconnected series of violent incidents leads Mulder…

The X-Files (1994) – Beyond the Sea, and Gender Bender

Beyond the Sea marks the halfway point of the first season of The X-Files, and while most of the episodes have been solid, and we’ve learned a bit about Mulder’s (David Duchovny) family history, with the abduction of his sister Samantha, Scully (Gillian Anderson) hasn’t been much more than his brilliant, sceptical partner until now….

The Killing – Season 3 So Far

  Since I’ve been abysmal at keeping up with recapping each episode this season, I thought I would just leave it until the finale and talk abou the whole thing at that point. But THEN I watched episode 9: Reckoning, and it was all I could do to not start a post while I was…

Continuum S02E08 – Second Listen

  This week, Alec (Erik Knudsen) finds his life in danger as Garza (Luvia Petersen) roars back onto the screen. As Kiera (Rachel Nichols) and Agent Gardiner (Nicholas Lea) run down their leads on the missing bodies, and after a quick visit with Escher (Hugh Dillon) we learn that there are more freelancers in 2013…

Continuum S02E07 – Second Degree

  This week it’s politics, legal wrangling and lies as Julian (Richard Harmon), Alec’s (Erik Knudsen) step-brother comes up for trial for his actions last season, including the shooting of Carlos (Victor Webster). And before I go any further, since I’ve mentioned Carlos lets talk about how he’s handling the fact that he’s now learned…

Continuum S02E05 – Second Opinion

  We get a bit of a bottle show this week for Continuum, as almost all of it seems to take place in the Vancouver Police Department, or in Alec’s (Erik Knudsen) new digs, supplied to him by Kellog (Stephen Lobo). Kiera (Rachel Nichols) is having a tough time, if she were in 2077, today…

Continuum S02E04 – Second Skin

  In what could have been a goofy and silly episode – geeky civilian gets hold of a CPS suit, this week’s ep ended up being poignant, thrilling, and continued to move the Liber8 splinter groups agenda forward. In the future segment, we get to see Kiera (Rachel Nichols)on a simulation that sees her freezing…

Continuum Catch-Up

  After trips, film festivals and catching up with some dear friends, I finally had time to catch-up on my Continuum, as season 2 started while I was away. So I settled in and caught up on the 3 episodes I’d missed so far. The first thing I realized was that despite having a huge…

Sue’s Top 12 Films of 2012 (NOT in Order)

Crimes of Mike Recket (Bruce Sweeney) – I was able to catch this little gem of a film during TIFF, and Mind Reels were even able to catch up with the director, Bruce Sweeney, for a quick chat, as well, so I’ll count myself doubly lucky on this one!  The film stars Nicholas Lea in…

The Crimes of Mike Recket (2012) – Bruce Sweeney

Every now and then a movie comes along that takes you completely by surprise. Award-winning filmmaker Bruce Sweeney’s new film The Crimes of Mike Recket does just that. A neo-noir police procedural thriller dealing in murder, real estate fraud, dogs, a crook who believes his own lies and two stalwart cops. Nicholas Lea plays the titular Mike…

Continuum S01 E10 – End Times

  Somehow we’ve come to the end of the first season of Showcase’s enjoyable sci-fi series Continuum, and it ends explosively! It also ties up a number of story threads for the season while setting up ideas for season 2. We see things happening in our 2077 opener, that tie directly back to the first…